A Good Windows Mobile Messenger
Due to the wide range of IM services supported, Palringo does not provide the facility to send and receive files directly – the Voice and Photo files can only be sent one-way unless you are communicating with a contact signed into Palringo. Sending photos is a case of tapping the Capture Photo button and launching your camera.
This is disappointing as a major use for chat clients is the sharing and viewing of various files types between friends and contacts. While webcam access shouldn't be expected, there is a case that there should be some decent support here and in other clients for swapping files and photos.
Similarly, photos already taken and saved to your phone cannot be sent. However the immediacy of the content that can be transferred is impressive, and allows for moments to be shared almost live.
Group chatting is supported directly by Palringo’s servers, but again this requires contacts with Palringo installed on their device. Palringo provides versions for iPhone, standard mobiles, Blackberry and Java devices, Symbian, Windows PC and Mac OSX Leopard. It is also possible to install on Linux using the Wine virtualisation. Usage is scattered across all of these platforms.
Surprisingly in the age of Skype phones, Palringo doesn’t support VOIP, and there appear to be no plans to provide the service. It’s also not possible to share photos (a popular service on Yahoo messenger) and despite many Windows Mobile devices possessing video cameras, there is no facility to use this hardware as a webcam.
At the end of the day Palringo is a good text chat client, with some useful extra functions.